October 2015

Peruse the tenth installment of our monthly newsletter full of curated news stories that pertain to human rights issues. This newsletter focuses on stories such as the Immigration Law that changed America and Guns and the Politics of Hopelessness. This newsletter also includes dates on upcoming events including National Coming Out Day and our annual NDHRC Summit.


Northern Lights, winner of the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes International Film Festival and many other prizes around the world, is a classic American independent film. Against a backdrop of a bitter winter on the Dakota prairie and the equally brutal economic forces of 1915, a story unfolds which pits small Midwestern farmers against “the powers that be” - bankers, railroad men, big grain dealers and an entrenched political machine.

The Evening of Possibilities is an annual event held by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (NDHRC). This year, NDHRC has invited a number of state legislators to speak about legislative possibilities pertaining to human rights issues in North Dakota.

Come enjoy light Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, meet with NDHRC Board members and state legislators, find out how to join the coalition, and socialize about human rights issues impacting North Dakota.

Thursday August 20, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

What is Senate Bill 2279?
It is a bill that adds sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the already existing North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act and North Dakota Human Rights Act. Current law makes it illegal in North Dakota to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and age. This act would extend current law to prohibit unfair treatment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as well.


There are members of our community that have been holding onto a secret that we can’t allow to be kept any longer. And that secret is Hate.

A local group with affiliates from a known White Nationalist organization is hosting an event under the guise of Christianity at the Empire Theater this Tuesday. They are calling it “Revealing the Truth about the Jihadism and Terrorism of Islam.”

In 2015, employed women in North Dakota earn 70% of what men earn.  This pay equity is one of the largest in the United States of America.  This fact flies in the face of a bedrock American values: fairness and equity.

In real numbers the 2013 Census showed that the median earnings of North Dakota men were up to $49,231, an increase from $46,225 in 2012.  For women, the median earnings increased from $34,438 to $35,549.  Even in times of unprecedented job and economic growth in North Dakota the gender pay gap has not lessened. 

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that will ensure men and women receive equal compensation for their work. Rep. Kylie Oversen (D-Grand Forks) has introduced three bills, which will be heard in front of the House Industry, Business, and Labor Committee.

We need YOUR help to contact lawmakers that sit on this committee and ask for their favorable consideration of these bills. Rep. Oversen has said the bills will likely have a difficult time making it through committee. 

Lissa Yellow Bird - Chase, one of NDHRC's 2014 Arc of Justice Award winners, is Making Change Happen in North Dakota through her work searching for Missing and Unaccounted for Persons in western North Dakota.